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Fall Leaf Pickup Information

The leaf collection program helps prevent street catch basin blockages, sewer backups into homes and standing water in the roadways, which can cause ice patches. The leaf program is not intended to be a landscaping service. Residents should limit leaf collections from their front yards. Following are guidelines:

Do not rake leaves into to the street, and avoid blocking catch basins. Do not put sticks, rocks or other debris into the leaf piles, which may cause damage to the leaf equipment or injury to city workers.

Do not park vehicles on the street in front of the leaf piles during the scheduled week of collection. Parked cars hinder the collection process.

If it is not possible to have leaves ready for pickup on the tree lawn during a residents scheduled time, it is the responsibility of the resident to bag leaves according to Republic Services guidelines and place them out for the trash pickup day.

The exact dates or times for leaf pickup is difficult to predict, but weather permitting, the schedule below will indicate the dates. For additional information, contact the Service Department at 440-885-8980 or 440-885-8191.

2020 Leaf Collection Schedule
Parma Leaf Map by Sections
Rake It...or Leave It?
Fall Leaf Clean-up Tips

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Reporting Non-Working Street Lights

To report a non-working street light, please go here to register the dysfunctional light with The Illuminating Company.

The Service Department does NOT handle anything on private property. The Service Department is only responsible for trees on tree lawns. Direct your calls to FirstEnergy’s call center at 888-544-4877.

Five Ways to Recycle Right

Want to do your part in preserving the earth for generations to come? Not sure how to participate? Recycling is a simple and easy way to make a difference in saving the planet for a brighter today and tomorrow.

  1. Leave recyclables loose, not bagged.
    Plastic bags do not belong in your recycling bin or cart. The bags get tangled in the sorting machines at the recycling facilities and cause major problems for the recycling process. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at many retail locations, including Giant Eagle, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Marc’s, Target and Walmart stores. 
  2. Make sure it is clean and empty.
    Rinse residue from cartons, containers, bottles and jars or any other recyclable that may contain food particles. For example, greasy pizza boxes are not accepted. 
  3. Keep it dry.
    When it comes to paper and cardboard, keeping it dry is imperative for the recycling process. Please flatten all cardboard boxes as well. 
  4. Do not wish-cycle.
    Think you can throw everything into your recycling bin, and it will get sorted at the recycling plant? Think again. Recycling only these five core items is paramount: cans, cartons, glass, paper and boxes, along with plastic bottles and jugs. 
  5. Join a social media community.
    Share a post. Write a story. Get engaged with the social media accounts in your community. You will find Cuyahoga County’s accounts located on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram YouTube and LinkedIn.

Republic Services provides weekly curbside recycling for residents. Combine cans, cartons, glass, paper, boxes, and plastic bottles and jugs loose (not bagged) in the provided green-wheeled cart.

For more details about recycling, visit Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District at or or 216-443-3749.

See Recycling FAQs for Cuyahoga County and information on how to recycle properly

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District offers a recycling and disposal search engine for all residents of Cuyahoga County. Find answers to your recycling, disposal and reuse questions by using the “What Do I Do With?” search bar located at the top of every page of at  

Drop-Off Recycling

Parma residents and businesses can drop off aluminum cans at the Parma Animal Shelter (6260 State Road) and the Ridgewood Golf Course Maintenance Building (West 54th Street).

Other Recycling

Fluorescent Bulbs
Residents can recycle CFL bulbs (small, twisty bulbs) for free at any Home Depot or Lowe’s store. Other types of bulbs, including fluorescent tubes, can be recycled at any Batteries+Bulbs retail location. See

Recycle rechargeable batteries for free at retail locations throughout Cuyahoga County. See a list of locations at See also

Recycle old, unwanted household computer equipment year-round at 5680 Chevrolet Boulevard. CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, software and other peripheral devices and accessories can be recycled. Televisions are not accepted. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Proper Disposal

Household Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous waste can be dropped off year-round (residents only) at 5680 Chevrolet Boulevard. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No latex paint, which can be dried and then placed in regular weekly garbage. Learn more about proper disposal of household hazardous waste and see a list of acceptable materials at

Latex Paint
Latex and any other water-based paint are not hazardous materials and are not accepted in the city’s household hazardous waste collection. Latex paint should be dried and disposed in the regular rubbish. Step-by-step instructions on how to dry latex paint is available at

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office provides an ongoing disposal option for medication. The Sheriff’s RX Drug Drop Box program allows residents to deposit unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs at drop boxes in participating law enforcement agencies across Cuyahoga County. Drop off medications at the Parma Police Department or find other locations at

Propane Tanks
Recycle propane tanks and other pressurized cylinders through propane dealers and retail stores that sell propane and other pressurized gas. See

When you buy new tires, dispose of your old tires through your tire retailer at the time of purchase. There is a small fee charged for tire disposal, which is a tax used for transporting and disposing of tires through state-licensed facilities. If you already have tires at home, contact one of the following store chains who provide tire disposal for non-customers. These include Conrad’s Tire Express, Firestone Auto Care and National Tire and Battery.

Rubbish Removal

Rumpke delivering its new carts in January 2021
Rumpke waste collection services begin Feb. 1, 2021
Frequently asked questions about Rumpke’s services

Republic Services old cart removal starts Jan. 25, 2021
Republic Services will continue to collect waste and recycling until the end of January 2021 and start to take away its carts beginning Jan. 25. Removal of all carts citywide will take four weeks. Residents must keep their empty carts on the tree lawns until they are removed. Residents should not put any garbage in their Republic Services carts after Rumpke takes over on Feb. 1.

Parma Ordinance No. 131-16 allows for the collection of a rubbish pickup fee collected through Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office. If you have questions about this fee, please contact the Service Department at 440-885-8191. For background information on the garbage fee, click here.

All garbage and refuse shall be picked up once each week. Please place refuse within three feet of the curb by 7 a.m. Trash can be placed outside the day before pickup but not before noon.

Do not place the following items into the blue container: Hazardous waste, paint chemicals, motor oil, liquids, dead animals, hot ashes, large car parts, tires or car batteries. Small amounts of debris like plastic and drywall are acceptable. Do not place broken glass, syringes or sharp objects loose in the trash cart.

Collections are not made on the following holidays:
          New Year’s Day
          Memorial Day
          Independence Day
          Labor Day
          Thanksgiving Day
          Christmas Day

If a holiday listed above lands on a weekday, each collection after the holiday will be delayed one day.

To reach Republic Services, call 1-800-433-1309. Customer service hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bulk Pickup with Republic Services

Bulk pickup occurs the fourth Monday of every month. During that week, residents will have their bulk garbage picked up on their regular rubbish days.

Republic Services requires that discarded mattresses be wrapped in plastic for bulk pickup. This is to prevent the possible transfer of bedbugs onto employees’ clothing.

Yard Waste Collection

Separate yard waste collection will take place beginning the week of April 15 and will continue through the end of November on your regular pickup day. Grass clippings and other yard waste should be placed in brown paper yard waste bags not to exceed 40 pounds. Residents may also place yard waste loose in their old garbage cans marked Yard Waste. Small tree or bush branches must be cut and bundled and not exceed three feet in length or 40 pounds and should be placed next to yard waste bags or cans. Do not place any yard waste in the green recycle cart.

Click here to view a map of the area for pickup days. 

Senior Lawn Mowing

Lawn mowing for income-eligible seniors begins when school dismisses for the summer in June and lasts for the following 10 weeks. This program is considered supplemental. Applications can be obtained by calling 216-661-7372.

Senior Snow Removal

Snow removal for income-eligible seniors will begin after the first four inches of snowfall. To help us maintain fast service, keep your driveway free of vehicles and open driveway fence gates. Please be patient for service because we plow more than 400 driveways. For applications for senior citizen or physically disabled snow removal, call 216-661-7372.

Street Snow Removal

Snow removal on our streets will be prompt and as efficient as possible. We plow the main streets first, hills and then the neighborhoods. Please keep your vehicles off the street during snowfall, especially when the snow exceeds two inches and the parking ban comes into effect.

Snowplow Damage

If your tree lawn has been damaged by city snowplows, please call the complaint department at 440-885-8083, and you will be placed on a repair list. Repairs will begin in early spring or when weather permits.

Water Breaks

Water breaks that occur on city streets or tree lawns are the responsibility of  the Cleveland Division of Water. If a water break is reported to our department or the complaint department, it is dispatched to the city of Cleveland for repair.

Sewer Service

The Cuyahoga County Sanitary Engineer handles house calls for service. If you need service, call 216-443-8201 during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The after-hours emergency number is 800-683-2689. Leave a message, and a supervisor will contact the homeowner.

If you are experiencing a problem with storm sewers, including catch basins, call the Parma Service Department at 440-885-8195. After 3 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, call the Service Garage at 440-885-8980.


Brian HigginsBrian Higgins

Contact Information
Office: 440-885-8191
Fax: 440-885-8192


Brian Higgins has overall responsibility for the city’s service department. He joined the DePiero Administration after having served for over a decade as the city of Brook Park’s service director.

A certified electrician by trade, Higgins has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for nearly 30 years.

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